@ turkhitbox – The only point I can see what you mean on is I could have added pagination, if the case were the slider should be user-controlled. What would you do to stylize the blog search and better highlight the menu mouse over?
I recently submitted my latest theme, Deploy, and it was rejected. This is the message I got back:
“Your template does not provide a unique enough design with the necessary design quality, features and options to compete in the marketplace at this time. As higher quality templates become available in the marketplace, approval requirements will increase to maintain appropriate marketplace quality.
You might consider improving your design with more unique features and graphics in order for it to stand out among other marketplace items. Adding features, options and styles will help increase your template’s value and increase its ability to be approved. However, a unique design will be a key factor for approval.”
The template can be viewed at http://www.derektoigo.com/assets/livesites/deploy/ice
I welcome any of your thoughts here. Thanks!
I think it looks pretty good. The only things that I would probably want to adjust is the height of the header; I think you already have more than enough margins on the top and bottom of the logo; and the search area seems slightly inconsistent to me in comparison to everything else with the border – it might look better if you align the left border with the edges of the headings in that column; currently it looks slightly pulled to the left. I’d also go as far as saying adjust the overall paddings somewhat; I think it works but just make sure that your content has enough breathing room. Particularly I’d keep in mind the right edge of your blog content and its proximity to the sidebar content – 10, maybe 15-20px more margin might give you just the right amount of space.
I just wanted to let those of you who are still viewing this thread that I have made some updates to my template and that the links I’ve posted above in previous posts are no longer active. Below I’ve posted a link to the most recent version of my template with 5 color options and most of the features and fixes you suggested implemented. I just want to say thanks again to everyone and I really appreciate the feedback; its been a lot to do but I’m happy to have come this far on ThemeForest.
@jeffeatworld – Thanks so much for your support and suggestions. I’m definitely going to keep those in mind. Regarding the background colors, are you saying that you think the market will respond better to those colors instead, or was there something I was missing?
@pixelnourish – Thanks for pointing out those things. All of the issues you’ve mentioned I am aware of and am currently implementing updates for. I have experienced the same behavior of the blue button link in Firefox; currently looking for info to make the right adjustments. Regarding the contact form fields being pushed over; this is also an issue I described in my original post and one that I would like to fix as well once I know a way to do so. If anyone has any suggestions for going about implementing fixes for issues you discover or those that have already been mentioned, please let me know if you take a look at the code and can see the area where the problem is and how to work around it.
Thanks again to everyone for the suggestions!
Thanks for pointing out the menu issue. Regarding the sidebar, was it just IE8 that needed work or were you referring to an aesthetic aspect?
I’ve been putting some time into a new template called Deploy, and I wanted to post it here in case anyone has feedback they’d like to share.
This is my most extensive template to date. Features I’ve implemented include are multiple portfolio page styles, prettyPhoto lightbox functionality (see note below), animated drop down menus, a slider on the homepage and a contact page with PHP and jQuery validation. I also intend to provide IE6 support for transparency and general layout flow. Overall I’m looking for general suggestions, mainly what you don’t like and if there’s anything you think should be better. I’m thinking that the main area of concern I should work on is the slider, but if you feel differently please feel free to say so.
I feel that I should note that the most common reason my past templates have been rejected mainly focus around the area of visual appeal, and so this is particularly an area I’m looking for feedback in. Mainly, the problem wasn’t with how many features I added, but rather the overall look and feel of the template. Improving in this area has been very important to me and I feel that functionality is good, but the overall combination of looks and usability is key. So that’s just a sidenote I wanted to point out, if it helps anyone.
I mentioned a note above; I’ve had a couple troubles with implementation of a few functionalities and so I wanted to take this as an opportunity to see if anyone here might know where my trouble lies. The only areas I am having difficulty implementing are the prettyPhoto lightboxes and the contact form. You’ll find that on the small grid version of the portfolio page, if you click on an image an error message appears. I’d appreciate any help from folks here who have experience implementing this lightbox and how to eliminate this error. Not sure if its due to images not being in place for the background but perhaps that’s the case? In regards to the contact form, I was also wondering if anyone knows how to place the error messages that you get when you don’t fill in a field or something incorrectly below each field rather than to the side.
Overall I hope you enjoy Deploy, and I am open to any feedback you might have to offer. Thanks to all for your ideas and help.
Basically as the title states, I need to find a way to employ an email sign up form on a landing page for a client I’m working with. The thing is, the client asked me to develop the form so that refreshing the page isn’t necessary. I know that there are contact forms that can validate and send mail this way, but is it possible with a signup form and if so are there any files on ThemeForest / CodeCanyon that can perform this? I’m more of a designer than a developer so I’m not exactly familiar with how to implement this kind of functionality, so I really appreciate your insight on this.
@ Uniq – Thanks for that tip; I did see one extra ending tag for a div, and that was at the very bottom of the page. That’s all I could find, though, and the page has still yet to display properly. I’ll keep messing with it to see if I can find what went wrong when I was doing the CSS . If I recall correctly, this occurred when I went to implement the HTML and CSS for the feature region area, in particular the buttons there. Anyways, thanks to all for your input.